Sunday Jewish Book Group: Belonging
Join us on October 18 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of Belonging: A German Reckons with Home and History by Nora Krug. The discussion will be lead by LMU's Elizabeth Drummond (History Department).
The Sunday Jewish Book and Discussion Group is free and open to the public. This event will happen virtually in Zoom. Please RSVP by contacting Rhonda Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-338-4584.
About the Book
A revelatory, visually stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family's wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its unspeakable atrocities and left her without a sense of cultural belonging. Yet Nora knew little about her own family's involvement in the war: though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.
In her late thirties, after twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn't dare to as a child and young adult. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father's brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy. Her extraordinary quest, spanning continents and generations, pieces together her family's troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her generation.
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Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm to 3:00pmVirtual Event